CRAMER: HOUSE PASSES STOP SCHOOL VIOLENCE ACT
Date: March 14, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer supported legislation passed today in the House of Representatives to help prevent future acts of school violence.
The STOP School Violence Act, H.R. 4909, reauthorizes and amends the Secure Our Schools program, providing local law enforcement, school personnel and students with the tools they need to proactively prevent a threat. The legislation authorizes funding for state and local schools to make evidence-based investments in the development and operation of school threat assessment teams to help schools to intake and triage threats before tragedy strikes.
The bill provides resources for training and technical assistance for students, school personnel and law enforcement to identify signs of violence and intervene early to prevent students from hurting themselves and others. It also allows establishes grants for anonymous reporting systems for students in conjunction with local law enforcement and works to improve coordination between schools and law enforcement.
“Students deserve to feel safe at school which is why I supported the STOP School Violence Act today,” said Cramer. “This bill is a good first step to improve the safety of our schools by working with local law enforcement and making sure teachers are equipped to handle any situation. There is more work ahead in this important conversation, and I look forward to considering solutions from both sides of the aisle.”
Read Cramer’s complete statement following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School here.